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4132 RAF Aircraft Teardrop Identification Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Aircraft Teardrop Identification Lamp - Dating from WW11 these lamps were mounted on a variety of RAF aircraft including all marks of Spitfire where it was fitted directly behind the canopy aft of the aerial mast . The technical description for it is ‘upward Identification lamp’ and is fitted with a clear teardrop shaped lens hence its more common name . The lamp body is nicely stamped with an AM and kings Crown and the stores reference number 5C/909. No bulb is fitted and whilst sold as a collectable we see no reason , subject to normal checks , that it could be used as intended. The unit is in excellent original condition with just minor storage marks to the paint.Measures 5” (11cm)`
2164 USAAF B-1 Shearling Flight Trousers - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF B-1 Shearling Flight Trousers - An original set with label fitted indicating ‘Property of Air Force U.S.Army’ and manufactured by Perry Sportswear Inc of Newburgh, N.Y. with specification number 94-3085 and A.C.Order nos 4212686 P. The size is marked as Large and the hanging chain is still in place .They are actually in good original condition and the leather is soft and pliable and the shearling lining is sound. They have never had leg pockets fitted. We believe however this set were probably degraded at the end of the war when they came out of service and a knife cut put into into the top right thigh and the braces removed to stop them being re used used ; just one brace strap and buckle remains . We have cemented up the very clean knife cut and they are fine for display and would be ideal on a mannequin .The Conmar zips fitted to the fly and ankles are all original and whilst a little stiff are all functioning correctly . Whilst these are certainly not a mint example we have seen a lot worse and in a scarce large size .
6294 Airplane Mooring Kit Type D -1 - Click for the bigger picture SoldAirplane Mooring Kit Type D -1 - We currently have listed on the site a similar kit which is complete in its fitted canvas case . This one is missing the case but the contents are complete so if you happend to have an empty D-1 Airplane Mooring Kit case this could be exactly what you are looking for; alterntively if you need a set to use this one is for you . The full contents are as shown so waht you see is waht you get. Whilst we stand to be corrected we believe this set was manufactured in the US and was designed to tether aircraft to the ground to avoid them flipping over in a wind. The other suggestion is the kit was designed for mooring seaplanes of the USN but we tend to believe the former use is more likely. In searching on the net we found someone else who found a similar set in the US commented:-

‘Turns out we stumbled on an Airplane Mooring Case and contents Type D-1 36G4465.Part of the equipment package the US Army Air Force required with the WACO aircraft specification in 1936’.

The kit is made up of x18 spikes and we understand the other rods and turning handles were designed to fix the spiked ends securely into the ground on an airfield to enable the aircraft ( Waco or otherwise!) to be tethered to the ground with the coir rope provided . Of course if you have been inspired by E.L.James blockbuster novel this set could then take on a whole new use!The metal parts show some storage and age staining but otherwise in excellent original condition .
This is a Used Book
The Men of The Battle of Britain - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe Men of The Battle of Britain

Men of the Battle of Britain was first published in 1989.This is a second edition published in 1999 to commemorate the 60th anniversary. It acknowledged worldwide as the standard work of reference giving career details of the Allied airmen who qualified for the “immediate” award of the 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain Clasp.The book records the service details of the airmen who took part in the Battle of Britain in considerable detail including their RAF service numbers . Where known, postings and their dates are included, as well as promotions, decorations and successes claimed flying against the enemy. There is also much personal detail, often including dates and places of birth, civilian occupations, dates of death and place of burial or, for those with no known grave, place of commemoration. There are many wartime head-and-shoulders photographs. Inevitably the high achievers who survived tend to have the longest entries, but those who were killed very quickly, sometimes even on their first sortie, are given equal status.The author KENNETH G. WYNN was born in London and was at school there during the Battle of Britain. He later served in the RAF, before moving to New Zealand, where he has lived for many years. He has written books on New Zealand holders of the Battle of Britain Clasp, the Charge of the Light Brigade and U-boats. This is a book I have had in my own library for many years and would commend it to anyone with a serious interest in the men behind the most important air battle in history . Amazon currently have just 4 copies of this hard to find edition second hand at prices from £120-£200 . We have just this one example here and at a significant saving ! Our example is second hand but looks to be in virtually as new condition even down to the dust cover .

Pages: 585
Cover: Hard
Author: Kenneth G.Wynn

This is a Used Book
The battle of Britain - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe battle of Britain

This 50th-anniversary commemorative volume published in 1990 , includes first-hand experiences of those engaged in the greatest air battle in history. The book , which is lavishly illustrated documents all aspects of the 1940 Battle of Britain. This on line feedback describes this book better than I can: ‘Without doubt this is the best introductory text on the Battle of Britain. It gives a very good narrative of the Battle and even the preliminary Phoney War and Battle of France. Major aircraft of the Battle and their armament are also included with technical descriptions, and cutaway illustrations. The book also covers tactics (especially those of the RAF from group down to squadron level, and how Sector Controllers marshalled the Battle), the RAF's use of RDF (radar), a diary of the Battle, a roll of RAF aircrew involved, and all of this is supplemented with a vast amount of very good period photographs. Overall a marvellous book which should be the first port of call for any reader wishing to learn about this most pivotal of air battles. Very highly recommended’. In addition to all this many of 208 pages illustrate in significant detail the flight clothing and equipment used by both the RAF and Luftwaffe back in the summer of 1940 . So all in all an excellent volume for both the historian or aviation collector to add to the library . The dust cover has minor marks but all in all and excellent example .

Pages: 208
Cover: Hard
Author: Richard Townshend Bickers

This is a Used Book
HMS Victorious Commissioning Book 1966-1967 - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Victorious Commissioning Book 1966-1967

Another commissioning book published by Gale & Polden Portsmouth. The cover shows age staining and fading front and back and the spine shows wear. Despite this the 99 pages are clean and this historic book is perfectly readable despite the passing years . Masses of photographs and cartoons and a comprehensive record of life on board this famous carrier during ‘the swinging sixties’ . If you or family members served on board at this time this is one from the bookshelf remembering the times when the Senior Service had proper fixed wing carriers in the Fleet!

Pages: 99
Cover: Hard
Author: Captain T.S.McIntosh & the Ships Company

This is a Used Book
HMS Ark Royal 1970-1973 6th Commissioning Book - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Ark Royal 1970-1973 6th Commissioning Book

Privately Printed in 1973 and profusely illustrated with photographs & drawings. The maroon front and back cloth cover shows some age related rippling but inside the pages are very clean and the bindings firm . The book was published for the officers and ratings of the aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL and marks the ship's sixth commission between 1970 and 1973. Over this period she made four Mediterranean deployments, three voyages to the West Indies, and three cruises in the Norwegian Sea. The Cold War was still in being and the infamous KOTLIN incident took place. The Soviet destroyer was shadowing ARK ROYAL but came too close and collided with the carrier. The combined efforts of Royal Naval ships and the KOTLIN rescued five of the seven Russian sailors who fell overboard on impact. The commission also saw ARK ROYAL called upon to display her power at Belize, and she made visits to Florida and New York in addition to taking part in NATO exercises. A fine reminder of a fine ship and a perfect addition to the library of a crew member or their family .

Pages: 116
Cover: Hard
Author: Captain A.D.Cassidi, A.D.C. & The Sh

OC368 Aircraft Rating- Certificate of Test Rubber Stamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldAircraft Rating- Certificate of Test Rubber Stamp - An original rubber stamp which we imagine would have been used to stamp a log book to certify the person named had passed the appropriate test of his ability to act as pilot in command (P1) or co-pilot of the designated type of aircraft detailed. Spaces detailed for a signature, date and the Civil Aviation Authority Authorisation number . The final wording confirms ‘This certificate is valid for 13 months from the date of the test shown above’.The stamp appears to have a decent age to it although we are unsure how old it is . Would add an air of authenticity to an aviation desk or display! We don't have an ink pad here but the rubber looks to be in good condition.
Stamp measures 4”x 2.25” ( 10 cm x 6 cm)
PC205 RAF K Type Dinghy Mast, Sail and Storage case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF K Type Dinghy Mast, Sail and Storage case - the original K life raft was introduced in January 1942 as a single man boat which was simply paddle powered or more likely simply drifted with the current. One year later a mast and sail were added to the kit to enable the dingy to be sailed down wind and so increase the chance of rescue. The telescopic alloy mast , sail and rigging lines would all have been stored in the dingy pack , a fine example of which we are also listing today. The mast , stores reference 27C/2054, is made from seven light alloy metal tubes which telescope to a minimum length of 15” (38cm) and when extended, the 66” (69m) for storage. The head of the mast is fitted with a flange to which three stabilising shrouds are connected . The lower end is plugged and fits into the recess provided for it on the thwart. This example is complete and in exceptional condition with no issues . The red cotton sail Stores reference 27C/2085 is equally good with just a couple minor stains and is in the form of an isosceles triangle. The instructions for use are always to hand being printed on the back of the sail! All rigging lines and sheets are in place and all in apparently unused condition . To complete the set we also have the very scarce issue storage bag Stores reference 27C/2056. Made from red cotton, this was used to store the mast, guy lines and sail within the seat pack types A, MK.II and III & 111* The case is fully stamped with basic instructions and stores reference number. This is a very complete and scarce set in fine condition and would display perfectly with an appropriate seat pack or could provide the finishing touch if you are lucky enough to own an appropriate RAF K life raft.
PC204 Emergency Seat Pack Rubber Water Cushion - Click for the bigger picture SoldEmergency Seat Pack Rubber Water Cushion - this example is fitted within a zipped canvas pouch stamped Stores ref 27C/2134 ‘ Jecco’. This company was founded in Bournemouth in 1926 under the name John E Clarke and Company Ltd, a coach and car trimming business designing car hoods, coachworks and other products and was contractor to the Air Ministry in WW11 . The zip ( by Dot) is in working order and by opening reveals the water cushion inside. The cushion has a metal plug for filling and emptying( marked 27) in the corner of the cushion .The cap retention chain is in place but no longer attached to the cap . The cushion is complete although the rubber is somewhat dried with minor cracking to edges and can no longer be guaranteed for its original purpose but back in WW11 would literally have been a life saver to aircrew who crashed in the desert or at sea ! It is faintly stamped with Stores Ref nos 27C/2138.

PC203 RAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - stores reference 27C/2445 and designed to carry the single-man fighter pilot Type K dinghy which was carried folded within the pack attached to the seat type parachute in place of the usual Sorbo rubber seat cushion. The MK111* pack was identical to the earlier Mk11 but with the addition of an external pouch to house the emergency bail out bottle which was introduced in April 1944. Manufactured in heavy olive drab cotton canvas, broadly rectangular in shape with a separate cover attached with press-studs which are all in mint condition . These packs have internal stowage pockets to house the accessories not carried within the dinghy itself; this example is empty of contents .The exterior of the pack carries a multi-lingual label stitched to the cover with basic operating instructions in English,French, Czech and Polish.The pack is complete with lanyard and quick release connectors to attach to the '41 pattern Mae West.The whole set is in virtually mint faultless condition and would be impossible to improve upon and would certainly match the collectors maxim to ‘buy the best you can afford.’ Please check out the K dinghy mast and sail as well as the emergency rubber water cushion and inflator which we are also listing today and which would have been originally stored within a similar pack.
PC207 RAF Gosport tubes Stores Reference Nos 6F/154 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Gosport tubes Stores Reference Nos 6F/154 - a good original set with interesting provenance.The Bakelite earpieces are both marked with the RAF stores reference number,Kings Crown and AM property mark.The swivel connections work fine and the cloth covered metal tubes arein generally good shape with one minor abrasion mark .The aluminium plug on the opposite end is again in good condition with signs of normal service wear .Unusually this pair is fitted with a rubber tubes near each earpiece, perhaps added to avoid abrasion from the flying helmet . This set came from the estate of a famous French pilot, M. Victor Mérentier, originally from Marseille. He helped establish between 1927-1929 the first aero postal routes around the world and in particular from France to Africa, then over Atlantic to the USA together with his colleagues Mermoz, Saint-Exupéry and Guillaumet, all legends in their home country. We are unclear if he served in WW11 perhaps with the Free French as that might explain why he was in possession of Air Ministry property !

6340b RAF Very Pistol - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Very Pistol - These were issued with one-man and multi- place dinghies to enable downed RAF aircrew to attract the attention of passing aircraft or ships.They were also carried by fighter pilots tucked into their flying boots so to hand if required in an emergency. The barrel is numbered 48616 and the pistol cocks and ‘fires’ with a very positive action. The the grips are in good condition, as is the retracting lanyard loop . This flare gun was in ‘live’ condition when purchased so we have had it deactivated so can be legally owned in the UK without a fire arms certificate . We also had the detached breach locking spring repaired . These are now getting increasingly hard to find and will make an excellent addition to an RAF collection. An identical example is illustrated in Mick Prodgers excellent reference book 'Luftwaffe V RAF Flying Equipment of the Air War 1939-45' on pages 68 & 69. Measures 8” (20 cm)
4879 Art Deco Bakelite RAF Trinket Box - Click for the bigger picture SoldArt Deco Bakelite RAF Trinket Box - A classic example of a 1930’s Art Deco trinket box with a design to the lid that shouts Odeon cinema! The box is made from brown fleck Bakelite and carries an applied RAF kings Crown brevet to the lid which could possibly have been fashioned from a sweetheart badge . The lid hinges up and reveals a decent size storage area inside and no doubt would have been used on a ladies desk or dressing table . Bakelite was prone to chipping and this box is no exception with a very small chip to the rear top right corner of the lid but this really does not detract from a rather unusual and attractive piece that will appeal to both an RAF , Bakelite or 1930’s collector . Measures 4” x 4” x 3 1/2” high ( 10 cm x 10 cm x 8.5 cm )
4893 WWII Blitz Ashtray Made Of Stone Recovered From The Houses of Parliament - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Blitz Ashtray Made Of Stone Recovered From The Houses of Parliament - The London Stonecraft Company were permitted to make souvenirs for sale to the general public to raise funds on behalf of HRH The Duke of Gloucester's Red Cross and St. John Fund. The objects they produced included bookends,inkwells,letter racks, ashtrays and serviette rings and they utilised stones recovered from historic bombed London buildings including the House of Commons after being bombed by the Luftwaffe in the London Blitz in 1940 and 1941. They also used historic stone from other damaged London buildings particularly from the East End that was very badly hit. Our ashtray is made from Portland Stone and a hand written label stating ‘Made from the bombed houses of Parliament 1941’ is attached to the base. The edge of the astray features stone in the rough and is dressed stone to top ; the base is covered in felt. The centre of the ashtray carries a British Lion and below the legend 'London 1941' . From our research the Houses of Parliament were bombed by the Luftwaffe on 20th September 1940, 8th December the same year and again on 10/11 May 1941 a raid which caused the greatest damage to the Palace of Westminster.Interestingly The House of Lords had more luck in being struck by a bomb which passed through the floor of the Chamber without exploding! Our ashtray measures 6” diameter and stands 1 1/4” tall ( 15 cm x 3 cm ) The lead seal shows minor age wear (as shown in our picture) but this does not detract form a historical souvenir from the darkest days of WW11.
5100 A pair of original WWII Blitz bookends made from Historic Portland Stone - Click for the bigger picture SoldA pair of original WWII Blitz bookends made from Historic Portland Stone - The London Stonecraft Company were permitted to make souvenirs for sale to the general public to raise funds on behalf of HRH The Duke of Gloucester's Red Cross and St. John Fund. The objects they produced included bookends,inkwells,letter racks, ashtrays and serviette rings and they utilised stones recovered from historic bombed London buildings including the House of Commons after being bombed by the Luftwaffe in the London Blitz in 1940 and 1941. They also used historic stone from other damaged London buildings particularly from the East End that was very badly hit. Whilst we don’t know for sure where this stone originated, we believe it likely to be taken from The Houses of Parliament, a fact possible endorsed by the Bulldog motif which is often associated with our then Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The bookends measure 6" high x 4 1/2" wide and x 2" deep ( 15 cm x 12 cm x 5 cm ) and have lead plaques applied to the front and as well as the ‘British Bulldog’ they are also cast with ‘London 1941.’ It appears they may have originally had a felt base but is now missing . They have the odd chip and other marks which could be original battle damage as these were not made from pristine quarried stone . Due to their weight they are very functional and perfect for a small military or historical book shelf but do check delivery costs with us before order , particularly if you are based outside of the UK . Please also check out the Stonecraft ashtray which came from the same collection which we are also listing today .
6426 941 Balloon Squadron Art Deco Presentation Table Lighter - Click for the bigger picture Sold941 Balloon Squadron Art Deco Presentation Table Lighter - Presentation engraved to base ‘From N.C.O’s and Airmen of 941 Squadron’. Land at Lightwood in Sheffield was requisitioned by the Air Ministry and was opened on 15 August 1939 to became home to No. 16 Balloon Centre, part of No.33 Barrage Balloon Group, RAF. The Centre comprised three Squadrons: 939 West Riding Sqn, Sheffield West, 940 West Riding Sqn ,Rotherham and 941 West Riding Sqn, Sheffield Central. Each squadron had three flights comprising 8 balloons each. 941 Squadron was commanded by S/Ldr R. E. Wilson M.C., assisted by flight commanders: Fl/Lts. N. Harland, A.L. Baker, and R.G.A. Colley. In August 1940, 941 Sqn was disbanded due to a lack of volunteers, with equipment and personnel being transferred to 939 Sqn. In total, the Centre was responsible for 72 balloons for the defence of Sheffield. In 1943, the Lightwood site was renamed RAF Norton. By 1943/44, with the threat of heavy air raids diminishing, most of the balloons were transferred south for the defence of London and the site closed as a balloon centre in late 1944.
The lighter is marked to the base ‘Foreign Brit.Patent 400888’.From our research this lighter was surprisingly made in Germany by Brevete S.G.D.G. and is model 111, introduced in 1937. It would therefore appear this was exported to Britain pre war and was subsequently purchased and presented to an un named member of 941 Squadron sometime between 1939 and 1941. The Battle of Britain officially ran from July 10th to 31 October 1940 and with Sheffield being the centre of steel production was a hot spot back in the summer of 1940 . The lighter appears in good used condition but shows some wear to the silver plate . The mechanism and spark seem to work fine but we have not tested to see if it is fully operational and is therefore for sale a collectable item of scarce barrage balloon memorabilia . The lighter measures 4.0" x 3.5”
(10 cm x 9 cm) If you have interest in Barrage Balloon memorabilia please also check out item 5440 in our ‘Miscellaneous Aviation’ section as this relates to 934 Squadron.
6437 RAF C Type flying helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF C Type flying helmet - This is an early example of the second pattern internally wired helmet so unlike many C helmets found this one would almost certainly be of wartime manufacture .
The leather shell is in good issued condition with very minor scuffing to the finish in a couple of areas. The snaps and clips for the E*, G ,or H pattern oxygen mask are all in place ; the snaps need to be treated with some respect if fitting an oxygen mask as they appear a little tender but fine for display purposes. All straps are good and the press studs are in place and working ; being an early spec helmet it features just two straps at the rear as opposed to four on post war C helmets . The rubber receiver carriers are good and firm with no splits and both are fitted with matched receivers marked with AM , Kings Crown and 10A/13466. The loom is the wider diameter wartime spec and the brown bell plug is marked 10H/10991. We have nothing here to test the avionics on so this helmet, like others offered, is for sale as a collectable only. The chinstrap is good but has lost some elasticity over the years . Inside the lining shows good honest service wear and it is named to the original owner ‘Barker’ with RAF service number 1812630. If any visitors to the site have any information on him please let us know and we can add detail to this description. One ear ‘doughnut’ has minor wear to the cover but all in all this is a good honest wartime C helmet in the condition it was in when it came out of service and no doubt it would have a story to tell . The size stamping is now indistinct but looks like 6 7/8 –7 which would make it a size 2 so RAF stores reference 22C/878. Not mint but these early examples of the second pattern C are becoming increasingly hard to find now -so grab it while you can!
6438 RAF B Type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF B Type Flying Helmet - The standard flying helmet of the RAF in the early part of WW11 including the Battle of Britain the pattern was first issued in 1935 and remained current until replaced by the C type in late 1941. This example is in virtually un issued condition and other than a small amount of paint run on the oxygen mask snaps is mint. Often overlooked by collectors this helmet is without the characteristic domed receiver cups but is actually how it would have been issued with the receiver cups ( stores reference 22C/66) being fitted by the station tailor to suit the wearers head requirements . That being said B helmets were also used in this configuration for training purposes when communications were not required . The leather shell is still soft and all the seams are tight. The chin and back adjuster straps are finished in an unusual burgundy leather; the chin strap chrome tip is still in place .The Bennett buckles are perfect with no damage to the leather coverings . Inside the condition is mint .The helmet has a makers label in the crown indicating the helmet is a size 1 ( 6 1/2-6 3/4) and as well as a kings Crown and A.M . It also carries stores reference nos 22C/65 and was made by Frank Bryan Ltd of London and Worcester. The helmet is dated 1939; later production examples omitted the manufacturers details and location as this would provide unwelcome attention from the Luftwaffe! The lining is also ink stamped B2 as well as a further AM and Kings Crown The velvet brow and strap linings are again mint . Whilst the variant with the classic bulbous receiver cups gets all the glory serious collections should also feature this variant and this one certainly satisfies the maxim ‘buy the best example you can afford’!

6439 RFC Period Trench Art Bookshelf - Click for the bigger picture SoldRFC Period Trench Art Bookshelf - A very attractive example made from the tips of an early laminated propeller.Sadly we have no provenance with it but looking at the shape and construction of the salvaged timber we would date to WW1 Royal Flying Corps period. The bookshelf has simple clean cut lines and is in excellent condition and would make a unique and practical Christmas present for the aviation enthusiast in your life! It measures 13” long and stands 8” high (33 cm x 20 cm)

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